Los Angeles Cleantech Calendar 2016 – January and February

Green LAVA Welcome to the January-February, 2016 Cleantech Calendar of events of interest to entrepreneurs, start-up executives, investors, service professionals and community leaders around Southern California and beyond. These are the events, conferences and programs that focus on clean energy, sustainable development, reducing environmental impacts and highlighting progress. Check back periodically for updates.  A bit quiet this time of year but we’re fortunate to have one of the great green conferences – VerdeXchange – at the end of January.  Also in January is the annual Cleantech Forum in San Francisco as well as Clean Technology Council’s monthly meeting.  And then in February, we have GreenBiz 16 and Ballast Water Management Summit.

Jan 13 – The Clean Technology Council welcomes Dr. Rao Surampudi, Assistant Division Manager Autonomous Systems, Jet Propulsion Laboratory for a look at NASA Spacecraft Technology and Green Energy.    Some deep space missions have used radioisotope systems for power generation and fuel cells in human missions for primary electrical power. Advanced solar arrays have provided highly efficient power sources and significant advances have been made in the areas of radioisotope power systems, batteries and fuel cells.  Total Wine & More, Thousand Oaks, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Jan 13 – 14 – The 7th Annual Bio-Based & Sustainable Products Summit examines Commercialization Strategies for the BioConomy Value Chain.  North America will likely become the leader of the rapidly evolving global bio-based economy, backed by safety and sustainability concerns of fossil fuel feedstocks, volatile prices, long-term availability concerns and greenhouse gas emission reductions initiatives. Government support around the world is robust, with funding programs and/ or renewable innovation hubs in the U.S., Canada, the EU, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore. San Diego Marriott, La Jolla, CA.

Jan 19 – Young Professionals in Energy present Energy Efficiency: New Trends and Developments, another one of YPE’s Signature Thought Leadership events.  This free event will include networking and discussions on new developments, technologies, and trends in Energy Efficiency for the residential, commercial, industrial and utility markets.  Servicon Systems, Culver City, 6:00 – 8:30 PM.  BTW – YPE is also a supporter of the VerdeXchange event the following week. Register with code: VX16YPE for a nice discount!

Jan 22 – PortTech and PortXL, a mentorship driven open innovation program focusing on port related industries, ranging from start-ups and spinouts to SMEs and multinationals, co-host a panel group, networking and pitch event in Southern California for cleantech entrepreneurs with products or services within the energy, environment, logistics, trade and transportation industries.  Startups with technology ready for commercialization can apply to PortTech to be included in this one day event for entrepreneurs, investors, port authorities, terminal operators and business leaders.  To request an invitation or for sponsor opportunities to the afternoon event and reception, contact the PortTech office.

Jan 24 – 26 – VerdeXchange’s cross-platform 9th-annual Green Marketmaker’s Conference.  Once again, accomplished clean and green tech entrepreneurs, energy & water companies, advanced vehicle manufacturers, soft & hardware developers, public policymakers as well as: procurers, innovative financiers, and environmental stewards will gather “under-one-roof” to assess “what’s in-market,” “what’s about to be in-market,” and “what’s needed” in the global, trillion dollar verde economy.  VX2016, in partnership with both the Urban Land Institute-LA’s FutureBuild and JETRO, will feature panels involving leading developers, real estate financiers, and public sector planners and environmental regulators from metro Los Angeles and around the world; and leading Japanese companies and centers of research involved with battery and water technologies. They will be sharing case studies of FutureBuild opportunities and technologies now driving green build innovation and sustainable development.  Los Angeles Hotel Downtown.

Jan 25 – 27 – The theme of the 14th annual Cleantech Forum San Francisco is: More with Less: The Makings of the 2020s are with Us Already.  Resource productivity and efficiency have always been central to the definition of cleantech, and the Forum will focus on sectors and companies who are making the most of this concept.  The 2016 Forum includes the unveiling of our 7th annual Global Cleantech 100 List and Award Winners. This provides our attendees with a unique value proposition – the presence of the leading sustainable innovation companies of the world, across a huge range of sub-sectors and industries, and all in one place for 48 hours. Parc 55, San Francisco

Jan 25 – 27 – Storage Week. The storage market is projected to see exponential growth over the next decade, with the latest projections estimating a $10B market by 2018, growing to $41B over time. California utilities are negotiating contracts for hundreds of megawatts of storage projects, the PJM fast regulation market is driving the development of numerous large-scale projects, and many other countries, states and ISOs are launching initiatives and products to drive storage adoption. Wyndham San Diego Bayside, San Diego.

Feb 9 – 11 – 3rd Ballast Water Management Summit. With both the EPA Vessel General Permit (VGP) and US Coast Guard’s (USCG) Ballast Water Management (BWM) regulations now being enforced, and the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) likely to be ratified in the immediate future, environmental retrofits are now unavoidable. With multiple sets of standards currently in enforcement (without any type approved systems), and other divergent standards on track to be enforced in the near future—all existing ships doing business in the United States will need to be retrofitted with a BWMS that is compliant with all of these standards within the next 5 years. Long Beach Marriott, Long Beach, CA.

Feb 23 – 25 – GreenBiz 16 is framed by the State of Green Business report, GreenBiz Group’s award-winning annual accounting of key sustainability metrics and trends. The report, combined with the high-wattage stage presentations, workshops and networking opportunities that have become hallmarks of GreenBiz events, create a powerful event that has become one of the top annual gatherings for sustainability professionals. Camelback Inn, Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ

Feb 23 – 25 – Quantify your energy savings into dollars and drive ROI through data center efficiency at the Green Data Center Conference . #GDCON provides a comprehensive educational experience created for you and other data center professionals who are looking to optimize their facilities through increased energy efficiency and innovative design trends. Industry experts, interactive workshops, and case study presentations all demonstrate the cost-saving benefits of “greening” your data center.  San Diego Supercomputer Center, La Jolla, CA.



Green LAVA is the Strategic Interest Group of the Los Angeles Venture Association focused on opportunities and challenges coincident with the design, development and deployment of sustainable products, services and businesses.  Green LAVA is generously supported by Stradling, LLP.